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HMS Leadership Biographies



Fred Manuel

Senior Partner

 

 

 

 

Experience
Fred Manuel's resume is characterized by participation on boards of directors in the Healthcare Industry including Henry Ford Hospitals and Arbor Hospice as well as serving in a consulting capacity to numerous Continuous Retirement Communities and Skilled Nursing facilities. In addition, he has served in an organizational and financial advisory role for Prechter Holdings. At the time of his participation Prechter Holdings had subsidiaries including real estate development, hotels, restaurants, automotive suppliers and dealerships, a multi-newspaper/media company and a cattle feeding operation with cumulative revenue of nearly $1 billion. While on the advisory board for Prechter Holdings he served as President and CEO of the Heritage Media Network for more than16 years and also served as a board member of a regional bank in Michigan.

Education
Fred's education credentials include a BA from Michigan State University, a MA from Arizona State University and specialized intensive business educational programs through Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

Activities and Personal
Fred sits on the Board of Global Technology Associates, an engineering firm located in Dearborn, Michigan and The Washtenaw Christian Academy School Board a local non-profit educational institution. He has also served on the executive board of a local bank, a regional chamber of commerce, the board of the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, Arbor Hospice Board and even a board of trustees for a local Soccer Association.

Contact
Fred Manuel
2232 South Main Street, #434
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
email: fredm@hmsweb.net
phone: 734-320-6667



Chris Carroll

Senior Partner

 

 

 

 

Experience
Chris' career began in the Information Technology  field and he spent the early part of his career in the oil and gas industry and the financial services industry. He has also worked extensively in procurement and purchasing. Since starting with HMS (Healthcare Margin Specialists) in 2007, Chris has worked in the healthcare industry with extensive work in long term care and home health.

Before starting at HMS, Chris most recently worked for Access Group in Wilmington, DE as Managing Director of the Program Management Office (PMO).  Access Group was one of the largest non-profit student loan companies in the US.  The responsibility of the PMO was to help the organization reap maximum benefits from its project portfolio through the application of sound program/project management principles from pre-implementation through post-implementation.
Previous to Access Group, Chris was VP, Information Technology at Panhandle-Plains Student Loan Center in Canyon, TX.  At PPSLC, Chris directed a staff of IT professionals to provide the organization with technical operations, product development, quality assurance, and project management expertise.  He also managed vendors and helped negotiate vendor contracts for all technology purchases, including telecommunications.

Before working at PPSLC, Chris worked for Parker & Parsley petroleum (now Pioneer Natural Resources) as computer network specialist and at Comgraphix Inc, a value added reseller for several manufacturers of microfilm and digital imaging technology as well as mail handling equipment.

Education
Chris has an MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from University of Phoenix and an AAS in biomedical electronics from Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX.  He also pursed Masters’ studies at Texas Tech University and executive education from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Military
Chris served his country as a tanker in the US Marine Corps Reserves.

Contact
Chris Carroll
825 Market Street, Bldg M, STE 250
Allen, TX 75013
email: chrisc@hmsweb.net
phone: 214-459-6297

 



   Scott Russell, RPh

    Pharmacy Subject Matter Expert

 

 

 

 

 

Experience
Mr. Russell has been a Pharmacist in the Long Term Care (LTC) pharmacy industry for over 15 years.  He began his career in Arizona working for an independent pharmacy provider, where he quickly rose through the ranks and became General Manager.  During this time, Mr. Russell provided oversight of all pharmacy operations, which included a LTC pharmacy, retail and hospital pharmacies, and a wholesale distribution center.  His role in this position was to oversee all aspects of Pharmacy Operations including sales and contract negotiations, account management, billing, IT/systems development, and development of cost savings protocols.  The independent pharmacy provider was eventually sold to PharMerica, where Mr. Russell continued for 5 additional years, growing the pharmacy business by working with Managed Care Organizations as well as national and regional LTC clients. 

During his years working for both an independent and a national pharmacy provider, Mr. Russell learned the intricacies of pharmacy pricing and cost management.  Through this experience, he saw the disadvantages Nursing Facilities faced in pharmacy negotiations, as they lacked the resources and tools to effectively review, compare and manage their pharmacy cost.

It was this realization that led Mr. Russell to found MedWise GPO Inc. in 2004, to serve as an effective cost management resource for Nursing Facilities.  His combined experience with pharmacy operations and Managed Care Organizations allowed him to learn that the tool necessary to manage pharmacy costs is adjudication.  Adjudication provides Nursing Facilities access to AWP and their LTC pharmacy’s cost structures, as well as the ability to implement drug pricing and formularies on their own terms.  Currently, MedWise services clients from Michigan to California, contracting with numerous independent pharmacies plus the leading national LTC pharmacy provider.  

Education
Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City Ok.  Licensed Pharmacist in Arizona.

Activities 
Mr. Russell is currently in his 7th year as a Board Member and former Secretary for The New Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Formed in 1970, The New Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth and families by providing therapeutic behavioral health and educational programs.

Contact
Scott Russell
10645 N Tatum Blvd
Suite 200-221
Phoenix, AZ 85028
email: srussell@medwisegpo.com
Phone: 602-618-5005

 



  Gary Friedman

    Margin Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

Experience
Gary has been involved within the cost recovery and cost containment industry since 1998.

The proven track record of Gary Friedman includes a depth and breadth of expertise in operations management in diverse industries and nonprofit organizations. Gary brings over 30 years of deep and solid understanding of organizations reliance upon the implementation of cost reduction and cost containment methodologies and initiatives. Gary was previously in senior corporate management positions as VP of Operations for Triple G Corporation, a laboratory information systems and consulting company and executive positions at, Sabre Court Management Systems and Jonas and Erickson Management Systems.

Education
Gary attended the University of New Mexico.

Activities and Personal 
Gary’s community involvements are with the Big Brothers Big Sisters and The American Red Cross. Gary’s personal interests are hiking, power walking, motors boats, spin cycling. .

Contact
Gary Friedman
7153 Fallen Oak Trace
Dayton, Ohio 45459
garyf@hmsweb.net
937-266-1127




  Hedy Duggan

    Margin Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

Experience
Hedy's career began in the financial services industry as an analyst with a predecessor to JP Morgan Chase. From there she co-founded a technology company in the early 1990's to assist organizations in the early stages of computer local and wide-area networking, which was later sold.

As the National Director of Sales for the National Association of Credit Management and later partnering with associations in her roles at Cable & Wireless Telecom and OfficeMax, Hedy developed, negotiated and implemented affinity savings programs that increased revenues for these entities as well as for their members.  Always interested in a healthy lifestyle, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Health & Fitness Group for 6 years.

Education
Majored in Business Communications at The College of St Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Certified Ageless Grace Educator

Activities
Hedy is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program and also at the Lake Forest Hospital’s Day Surgery Unit in Lake Forest Illinois.

Associations

  • LeadingAge Wisconsin
  • Life Services Network (LeadingAge partner for Illinois)
  • Illinois Continuity of Care Association (ICCA) - Chicago Chapter, Northwest Metro Chapter and Lake/McHenry County Chapters

Contact
Hedy Duggan
715 Ascot Court
Libertyville, IL 60048
email: hedyd@hmsweb.net
Phone: 847-687-6675